GWF North American Heavyweight Championship


The GWF North American Heavyweight Championship was the major title in the Global Wrestling Federation in Texas. The title existed from 1991 until 1994, when GWF closed. The title was featured on the promotion's show that aired nationally on ESPN.

GWF North American Heavyweight Championship
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The championship belt
Details
PromotionGlobal Wrestling Federation
Date establishedAugust 10, 1991
Date retiredSeptember 21, 1994

Title historyEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
N/A Unknown information
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
 1  The Patriot  August 10, 1991  House show Dallas, Texas  1  6 Defeated Al Perez in tournament final. [1]
Vacated  August 16, 1991 Patriot gave up title because Perez' feet were under the ropes during the pinfall.
 2  The Patriot  August 23, 1991  House show Dallas, Texas  2  161 Won the rematch.
 3  The Dark Patriot  January 31, 1992  House show Dallas, Texas  1  56
 4  "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert  March 27, 1992  House show Dallas, Texas  1  56
Vacated  May 22, 1992 Gilbert was stripped of the title for failing to defend within 30 days. In reality, the GWF was no longer booking out-of-town talent due to budget cut-backs. Gilbert began wrestling for the USWA and defended the title as the GWF World Heavyweight Championship, despite having been stripped of the title upon his departure. He lost his version of the title to Jerry Lawler on June 8, 1992 in Memphis in order to "unify" it with the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.
 5  Scott Putski  May 29, 1992  House show Dallas, Texas  1  84 Defeated Johnny Mantell for the vacant title; top contenders chosen by "Best Won-Loss Record" in the GWF.
 6  Rod Price  August 21, 1992  House show N/A  1  168 Awarded title after Putski was fired.
 7  Stevie Ray  February 5, 1993  House show Dallas, Texas  1  145
 8  Rod Price  June 30, 1993  House show N/A  2  [Note 1] Awarded the championship
Vacated  August 1993 Stripped for actions while on tour of Japan.
 9  Iceman Parsons  September 3, 1993  House show Dallas, Texas  1  113 Defeated Chris Adams by disqualification [2]
 10  Chris Adams  December 25, 1993  House show Dallas, Texas  1  97
 11  Rod Price  April 1, 1994  House show Dallas, Texas  3  63
 June 3, 1994 Held up after match with Butch Reed.
 12  Butch Reed  June 4, 1994  House show Idabel, Oklahoma  1  27 Wins rematch.
 13  Chris Adams  July 1, 1994  House show Dallas, Texas  2  82 [3]
Deactivated  September 21, 1994 The GWF closes.

TournamentsEdit

1991Edit

The GWF North American Heavyweight Championship Tournament was a twenty-four man tournament for the inaugural GWF North American Heavyweight Championship held on August 9 and August 10, 1991. The Patriot defeated Al Perez in the final to win the tournament.[4]

  First Round Second Round Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                                               
  Al Perez    
  Handsome Stranger    
    Al Perez    
      John Tatum    
  John Tatum  
  Jeff Gaylord    
    Al Perez    
    Austin Idol    
  Bad News Brown    
  El Azteca    
    Bad News Brown  
      Austin Idol    
  Dirty White Boy  
  Austin Idol    
    Al Perez    
    Terry Gordy    
  Cactus Jack    
  Gary Young    
    Cactus Jack  
      Brian Lee    
  Brian Lee  
  Bill Irwin    
    Cactus Jack  
    Terry Gordy    
  Steve Dane    
  Tug Taylor    
    Steve Dane  
      Terry Gordy    
  Randy Rhodes  
  Terry Gordy    
    Al Perez  
    The Patriot  
  Steve Cox    
  Rod Price    
    Steve Cox    
      Stan Lane    
  Stan Lane  
  Action Jackson    
    Stan Lane    
    The Patriot    
  The Patriot    
  The Soultaker    
    The Patriot  
      Axis the Demolisher    
  Axis the Demolisher  
  Terry Garvin    
    The Patriot  
    BYE    
  BYE    
  BYE    
    BYE  
      BYE    
  BYE  
  BYE    
    BYE  
    BYE    
  BYE    
  BYE    
    BYE  
      BYE    
     

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The exact date that Rod Price was stripped of the title is uncertain, which puts his title reign at between 32 and 62 days.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GWF North American Heavyweight Championship Tournament". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Hoops, Brian (September 3, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (Sept. 3): Ric Flair Vs. Terry Funk Texas Death match, Great Muta Vs. Sting, Ted Dibiase and Stan Hansen wins AJPW tag titles". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 1, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 1): Ric Flair stripped of WCW title, Von Erich win WCCW Tag titles". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "GWF North American Heavyweight Championship Tournament". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2017-02-08.